Puebla 2013 Day 1: Korea makes golden start
Korea made a perfect start of the Puebla 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships by winning the 2 titles of the first day of action. Tae-Moon Cha, number 17 seeded, clinched the gold medal of the Men’s -58 kg category after beating Hadi Mostean Loron from Iran in a very exciting final by a close 9-8, while in the Women’s -46 kg division, So-Hui Kim defeated Anastasia Valueva from Russia in another vibrant crucial fight (8-7).
The bronze medallists of the Men’s -58 kg category were Gilherme Alves from Brazil, who lost 5-4 in the extra period of the Semi-finals against Mostean Loron, and the local idol Damián Villa (MEX), who couldn’t do much against Kim’s superiority in the first Semi-final, which finished 10-3.
In the Women’s -46 kg division, the bronze medallists ended up being the Chinese Dandan Ren, who couldn’t control Kim’s attacks in the Semi-final (8-1), and Fadia Farhani from Tunisia, who succumbed against Valueva in the second Semi-final by 8-4.
The first day of action of the Puebla 2013 World Championships offered some surprises, as it always happens in the elite Taekwondo events. The number 1 seeded of the Women’s -46 kg category, the Canadian Yvette Yong, was knocked out by Dandan Ren in the Quarter-finals, while Pen Karaket, number 1 seeded of the Men’s -58 kg division, was defeated by Tae-Moon Cha in the Last 16 round by a spectacular 17-13.
The atmosphere at the Exhibition Center of Puebla was superb, with almost all its capacity completed from 9 am to 9 pm on a working Monday. Mexican fans proved Taekwondo is one of their favorite sports, with around 2 million practitioners in the country, following the most relevant matches with a lot of enthusiasm and cheering loudly for their representatives.
After all, a great day of high-quality Taekwondo that presages a superb tournament. WTF President, Dr Choue, could certainly be right, this can be the best Taekwondo event ever.
Medallists of the day
Men’s -58 kg
1 – Tae-Moon Cha (KOR)
2 – Hadi Mostean Loron (IRI)
3 – Gilherme Alves (BRA)
3 – Damián Villa (MEX)
Women’s -46 kg
1 – So-Hui Kim (KOR)
2 – Anastasia Valueva (RUS)
3 – Faria Farhani (TUN)
3 – Dandan Ren (CHN)
Men’s -58 kg